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A Year into a Pandemic, Truckers Continue to Deliver for Alabama

A Year into a Pandemic, Truckers Continue to Deliver for Alabama

Despite the dangers, the trucking industry remains resilient during this pandemic at every stage. During the early weeks of the outbreak, America’s 3.6 million truck drivers ensured stores were stocked, hospitals were supplied, and first responders were equipped. While some Americans have taken steps to show their appreciation for truck drivers, most do not realize how essential the industry is to their daily lives until a crisis hits. 

A Year into a Pandemic, Truckers Continue to Deliver for Alabama

A Year into a Pandemic, Truckers Continue to Deliver for Alabama

Despite the dangers, the trucking industry remains resilient during this pandemic at every stage. During the early weeks of the outbreak, America’s 3.6 million truck drivers ensured stores were stocked, hospitals were supplied, and first responders were equipped. While some Americans have taken steps to show their appreciation for truck drivers, most do not realize how essential the industry is to their daily lives until a crisis hits. 

Will Whatley: To Better Days Ahead

Will Whatley: To Better Days Ahead

Things are tough, no doubt, which is why I’m ready to burn down 2020 before I start celebrating 2021. Some Native Americans burn sage as part of a ritual to cleanse a space, so let’s fire one up and use it to light the fuse on the past year. 

Daily News Digest – December 1, 2020

Daily News Digest – December 1, 2020

Alabama hits record hospitalizations; Supreme Court seems skeptical of census plan; Beshear to retire; Boswell will lead Mental Health; Carl hires top staff; Meigs: Physicians are no longer on the front lines of this pandemic. You are.

Will Sellers: The Enduring Legacy of Margaret Thatcher

Will Sellers: The Enduring Legacy of Margaret Thatcher

Unlike many political leaders who espouse high minded principles, she pursued hers with what some considered reckless abandon.  Thatcher took significant steps to push back the suffocating hand of state control and return the economy to a true free market. Government intervention was replaced with individual responsibility and human action.

Even during tough times, give thanks

Even during tough times, give thanks

It’s hard to consider, much less savor, good things when so many bad things are happening all around you. But it’s times like these when thanks given and appreciation shown because it’s those minor things, the ones that are often overlooked, that will carry us through this valley and get us back to the mountaintop.

Dana Beyerle: Remembering Alvin Holmes

Dana Beyerle: Remembering Alvin Holmes

Holmes, who died Saturday at age 81, served in the House for 44 years, more than half his life, a record that will probably never be broken. He was a controversial but, in my opinion, a lovable and entertaining figure in the House.

Ed Castile: Changing Lanes on the Alabama Workforce Superhighway

Ed Castile: Changing Lanes on the Alabama Workforce Superhighway

2020 started as a typical year where many were planning and working with high hopes for a productive legislative session, school year or university semester, or simply hoping for a beautiful spring. Little did we know COVID-19 would turn us all inside out and literally stop the world in its tracks.

Ivey, Noem, Reynolds: An inspirational pick

Ivey, Noem, Reynolds: An inspirational pick

As governors who are either the first or second females to be elected in our respective states, we are rightfully proud to see diversity expand among the highest levels of government. Notably, however, our support for Judge Barrett hinges not on her being a female, but rather her superior intellect, unflappable composure and impeccable integrity, all which combine to make her eminently qualified in every way. 

Will Whatley: Thank a trucker

Will Whatley: Thank a trucker

"Growing up in a trucking family isn’t easy. It’s a lot of long hours for thankless work. So let me take this opportunity to celebrate the working man and give you the glimpse into the eye of a trucker."

Op-Ed: An Honest Discussion on Prisons, Part 2 – the Alabama Prison Program 

Op-Ed: An Honest Discussion on Prisons, Part 2 – the Alabama Prison Program 

Our facilities are crowded, and our buildings are falling apart. Living and working conditions are, unquestionably, not sustainable. We face staffing shortages. Instances of violence among our inmate population pose a real challenge. No one denies this, least of all me. However, Governor Ivey, my staff, and I refuse to sit back and watch these problems further take root across our system. 

Schools Reopen: Overcoming the Equity Challenges of COVID-19

Schools Reopen: Overcoming the Equity Challenges of COVID-19

Local districts have to balance factors like the rate of new COVID-19 cases, the needs of working parents, the academic and social-emotional needs of students, and many other factors to determine the most appropriate course. Additionally, there are serious concerns about the loss of high-quality instruction and its effect on our underserved students.

Will Whatley: Listen to Coach

Will Whatley: Listen to Coach

When Nick Saban donned a protective mask, went on ESPN and appealed to citizens to take the coronavirus seriously lest we lose out on a college football season, you know he meant business.

Martha Roby: Sharing the Joy of Christmas

Martha Roby: Sharing the Joy of Christmas

As we gather with family and friends this year to celebrate, I pray that we do not forget the reason behind this special holiday: the birth of Jesus Christ and His message of hope in a troubled world.

The Sessions Question

The Sessions Question

From Montgomery to Mobile to Birmingham to Washington, D.C., the speculation has been running high for the last month and hit a fever pitch last week with several published reports wondering what might happen.

Will Whatley: Keep the conversation going

Will Whatley: Keep the conversation going

Mental health conditions are something that stick around longer than awareness months. These problems are like chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. They take diligence to deal with. Like the tides, they can recede sometimes and then come surging back.

Skip Tucker: Unresolved Murders Most Foul

Skip Tucker: Unresolved Murders Most Foul

Last year there were 110 homicides in Birmingham, according to the Jefferson Co. DA’s office. More than 40 are unsolved nor are they likely to be solved, according to state statistics. That’s not the scary part. 

Phil Williams: Less outrage, more leadership

Phil Williams: Less outrage, more leadership

This past weekend, the Executive Committee of the Alabama Republican Party jumped into the liberal playbook feet first when it passed a resolution calling for Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be ousted from Congress.

Will Whatley: What’s to blame for gun violence?

Will Whatley: What’s to blame for gun violence?

In the aftermath of the two domestic terrorism episodes in El Paso and Dayton, as well as the shootout with police in Philadelphia, are people today more likely to commit such heinous acts of violence because we’ve been exposed to it in our media? 

Skip Tucker: Beware When Ye Fight The Demon

Skip Tucker: Beware When Ye Fight The Demon

When I was in journalism school in Tuscaloosa, we wannabees thought New York was paradise and that if we were good reporters we’d go to the New York Times when we died. Today, I hardly recognize it, except for the front page and the “flag” at top in Olde English script.

Guy Martin: When the Cahaba runs upstream, Part 2

Guy Martin: When the Cahaba runs upstream, Part 2

Bottom line: the EPA is ordering millions to be spent to decrease phosphorus in the river, amidst considerable uncertainty, when two far more obvious solutions exist: help Birmingham Water stop sucking the river dry, and eliminate the dams.

Stacy Column: This Mobile Mess

Stacy Column: This Mobile Mess

The biggest story in the state right now is the controversy surrounding the proposed new bridge spanning the Mobile River that would at long last alleviate frequent congestion along Interstate 10 through the Wallace Tunnel.

Matthew Stokes: Mueller comes to Congress

Matthew Stokes: Mueller comes to Congress

It is tempting to pass off the whole matter as partisan wrangling, but we should push past that inclination. The question that should haunt us is this:  “how would you react if the other party was found to have engaged in this behavior?”

Matthew Stokes: Let’s try optimism

Matthew Stokes: Let’s try optimism

Admittedly there is a disconnect between the intensity of fandom in our state and much of our day to day existence in a state that often ranks near the bottom of many national rankings. 

Stacy Column: Roy Moore and why 2020 is not 2017

Stacy Column: Roy Moore and why 2020 is not 2017

Don’t worry, I won’t offer any horse race prognostications. It’s far too early for that. What I will offer is some advice for those following what will surely be an interesting race: be careful about buying into conventional wisdom.

Matthew Stokes: On Roy Moore

Matthew Stokes: On Roy Moore

Just like Clark Griswold’s plans for a fun, old-fashioned family Christmas, Roy Moore has shown up like "Cousin Eddie," ruining what should be a conventional primary and generally making everyone uncomfortable.

Stacy Column: Grading the Session

Stacy Column: Grading the Session

Among my biggest impressions from watching the session was how willing and, perhaps, eager the Legislature was to dive into thorny, complicated issues that most political advisers might advise against. If that continues, the next three years will indeed be interesting.

Matthew Stokes: A GOP generation gap

Matthew Stokes: A GOP generation gap

Generation X and its millennial siblings are no longer responding to political arguments the way voters once did.  The despair and angst that marks much of Republican rhetoric the last two elections is not resonating with young voters. It seems that what young voters want is something markedly more hopeful and optimistic.

Skip Tucker: 86’d

Skip Tucker: 86’d

At least politicians are predictable. They spend a year making promises then, if elected, spend three years blaming someone else because they cannot keep them. They spend the fourth year making promises again, and often the same ones. 

Matthew Stokes: A positive step for reading

Matthew Stokes: A positive step for reading

This legislation forces our state’s institutions, from the state board of education down to every elementary school, to reckon with the fact that too many children have managed to move up the ladder without achieving the appropriate level of literacy.

Safe, Affordable Anesthesia Care in Your Hometown

Safe, Affordable Anesthesia Care in Your Hometown

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) ensure that the citizens of Alabama receive the highest standard of anesthesia care for their surgery, labor and delivery, and emergency needs where and when you need it.

Senate Bill 156 clarifies the definition of a CRNA by describing the relationship that exists with surgeons and removes language that can be seen as a barrier to care, especially in rural Alabama.

Matthew Stokes: On lotteries and abortion

Matthew Stokes: On lotteries and abortion

. The last few weeks in the Alabama legislature bring to mind an image from HBO’s harrowing drama True Detective, where a cynical Matthew McConaughey bleakly quotes Friedrich Nietzsche and says, “time is a flat circle.”  Some things will apparently not change, and so here we are again debating an education lottery and abortion.

Skip Tucker: Purple Haze

Skip Tucker: Purple Haze

Well, I dang near died. Word that I did die went round to some. Obviously, happily, it was an exaggeration. But it was a near thing. All-in-all, it was quite the adventure. I don’t recommend it.

Matthew Stokes: Gas tax not a ‘betrayal’

Matthew Stokes: Gas tax not a ‘betrayal’

This may not have been a perfect bill, and certainly future legislatures will tinker and tweak it in various ways. In the end, though, it is an important achievement of mature governance that recognizes improvements cannot come about on their own.

Steve Flowers: Timing good for Ivey’s road plan

Steve Flowers: Timing good for Ivey’s road plan

Gov. Kay Ivey made infrastructure improvement in the state her cornerstone issue for this year, and more importantly for her term as governor.  Within less than three months in office she and the Legislature have successfully accomplished this mission.

Matthew Stokes: Jones moderates on vote, but not rhetoric

Matthew Stokes: Jones moderates on vote, but not rhetoric

Jones has a unique opportunity to help resurrect a politics that believes in an active federal government while making it clear that you reject both a kinda-sorta welfare state in the common sense, and socialism in the more extreme case.  This sort of responsible centrism forces the Republican Party to deal with substantive issues like health care, education, and, yes, even climate change

Skip Tucker: Common Sense

Skip Tucker: Common Sense

I want a new tax the way I wanted the Rams to win the Super Bowl, which is not at all, to be clear (Saints be praised).

Perry Hooper: Promises Kept

Perry Hooper: Promises Kept

By PERRY HOOPER As hard as it may seem to the Democratic President Trump haters and the Republican never Trumpers,...

Skip Tucker: GOTV

Skip Tucker: GOTV

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist It is time, as the great W.C. Fields once observed, to take...

Skip Tucker: Pisgah Graveyard Strikes Back at our Hero

Skip Tucker: Pisgah Graveyard Strikes Back at our Hero

It’s been recounted that all graveyards are cemeteries, but not all cemeteries are graveyards, and, worse, some graveyards are bone orchards. The differences are these: graveyards are haunted, every one, but a bone orchard is meaner. A bone orchard might get you.

Skip Tucker: The Hood and I

Skip Tucker: The Hood and I

By SKIP TUCKER, Alabama Daily News Featured Columnist During the racially turbulent mid-seventies, on a comfortable summer morning, the editor...

Steve Flowers: Trump and Big Jim

Steve Flowers: Trump and Big Jim

Otto Whittaker wrote the following essay, “I Am the Nation” in 1955 as a public relations advertisement for the Norfolk and Western Railway.  The message found in Mr. Whittaker’s essay is still appropriate for this Independence Day, so I have chosen to include it below as part of my weekly column.

Roby: House Passes VA Bill, Funds Choice Program

Roby: House Passes VA Bill, Funds Choice Program

There’s no “quick fix” for the problems plaguing the VA – of course, I wish there was. Nonetheless, I will continue to support commonsense measures like the VA MISSION Act to deliver positive change for veterans.

Dawson, Ivey and Patricia Todd: what happened

Dawson, Ivey and Patricia Todd: what happened

Dawson's camp says no. They blame Todd and the "liberal media" for going there. However, when you're connecting the governor to an LBGT group while repeatedly saying "I don't want to fuel rumors," how long until that's exactly what you're doing?

Stacy Column: Poll shows open races one month out of the GOP primary

Stacy Column: Poll shows open races one month out of the GOP primary

It has been a relatively quiet election year so far, and there’s little information out there besides anecdotes to tell us where the races stand. Because most campaigns and political groups usually keep their survey data internal, we haven’t had much reliable, scientific polling to decipher and debate publicly.
Good news! Now we do.

What’s going on at BCA?

What’s going on at BCA?

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News When you publish a news platform with a focus on political insider talk, one...